As part of a brand new feature, our rap editor, Liam Thornton, keeps your playlist fresh with all the latest from the Hip-Hop world. From hot tracks to major album drops and relatively unknown gems, here are the hip-hop highlights from this month!
Hi-Ku ft. Key! And Curtis Williams – Casper
Straight from the Atlanta rap scene, this track hit my sound cloud at the start of this month. Hi-Ku joins rap collective Key! and Curtis Williams to create this gem of a track with a catchy high-pitched instrumental and cool vibe.
Drake – Blem
Who isn’t on ‘More Life’ right now? Blem is a trailblazer of a track with a Caribbean vibe that Drake has been meandering down for some time now. Sampling Lionel Richie’s club classic ‘All Night Long,’ ‘Blem’ has a summertime vibe and is sure to be on repeat as the weather heats up.
Check out our review of Drakes More Life playlist by Jay Makenji
Rick Ross ft. Young Thug and Wale – Trap Trap Trap
This track is hot off of Rozay’s ninth studio album, ‘Rather You Than Me,’ showcasing a mix of heavy Southern rap and gospel-influenced tunes. ‘Trap Trap Trap’ plays homage to Ross’s ankle tag monitor, detailed won to the incessant beeping at the beginning. Guest verses from young Thug and Wale add variation, with the booming chorus being handled by the ever-raucous Maybach Music Group ‘bawse’. Watch the YouTube video for the track below.
C Biz ft. 6IXVI – Super
On the low, C Biz consistently drops trap-drenched fire beats and songs on SoundCloud. If you’re a fan of bass-heavy production and catchy ad-libs, then C Biz is for you. This track is predictably deep, with assistance from the Six Figure Music collective. One of the best in UK rap right now, hopefully, we don’t have to wait long for a full-length project.
Kamakaze x Big Zuu x KDOT x Izzie Gibbs – Pull Ups RMX
An all-star line-up for this ‘Pull Ups’ remix, which is definitely one for Grime fans. Kamikaze’s incredible lyrical prowess shines through on this track- the opening verse is mad! Features from west London’s Big Zuu, as well as rising Sheffield MC KDOT and Northampton’s Izzie Gibbs, providing a variation of flows that complement each other brilliantly.
Fredo – The Avenues
The ‘They Ain’t 100’ rapper burst onto the scene in 2016 with his brand of hood trap-rap. His debut album ‘Get Rich or Get Recalled’ dropped earlier this month, with standout track ‘The Avenues’ my personal favourite. Detailing the struggles he faced growing up, Fredo brings an air of integrity and realness upon a dreary, emotional beat sampled from Cali Cash’s ‘Bag Full’.
Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4
It’s officially Kendrick season! Ahead of the release of his new album, this track was dropped last Friday. With three different beats and four producers, Kendrick flows in a seamless transition from beat to beat. The date April 7th is mentioned at the very end of the track, is this the release date of a new Kendrick album? Watch this space.
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